The Behavioral Sciences: Implications for Community Leadership

By Fred Massarik

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1964

Frequently, leaders are assumed to come in one of four varieties: the articulate hero, the person in charge, the manipulator, and the person with money. While each of these stereotypes does reflect some components of leadership, effective community leadership training requires looking at the total person rather than focusing on only one skill or trait. This holistic approach to leadership training emphasizes the interrelationships between members of a community and gives rise to the method of sensitivity training called "living experience." By creating artificial interactive situations, students can test and explore their own leadership qualities and can create meaningful bonds among their training group that model bonds in their communities. As more is learned about leadership in general, these training methods can continue to improve, contributing to the essential understanding of who leads Jewish communities and how they do so effectively.

Topic: Professional Development, Training, Leadership

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1

Page Number(s): 29-38

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Massarik, Fred. The Behavioral Sciences: Implications for Community Leadership. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: 29-38. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4850


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